The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team got its second verbal commitment for the 2020 freshman class, as Josiah Freeman, a guard from Virginia, announced that he will join the Bulls.
Freeman is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior who plays at St. Paul VI in Fairfax, Va. He told the News on Saturday that he plans to sign with the Bulls on Wednesday, the start of the NCAA's early signing period for basketball.
"My relationship with (UB assistant coach) Angres Thorpe was the most important part," said Freeman, who took his official visit to UB on Oct. 11. "He knew my game the best, and he knew about my strengths and weaknesses as a player."
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247Sports ranks Freeman as a 3-star guard, and as the No. 15 player in Virginia and the No. 74 shooting guard in the nation in its composite rankings.
Freeman said he will bring a scoring touch and versatility to the Bulls."
“The style of play matches up really well (at UB),” St. Paul VI coach Glenn Farello said. “That’s one of the themes of his recruitment, as the coaches have seen him action.
“He’s a great 3-point shooter, one of the best I’ve ever had. He’s got some toughness to him, and those qualities translate best.”
Freeman also sees areas where he needs to improve as he prepares to play college basketball, particularly in playing a more physical game and adjusting to UB's game, which emphasizes defense.
"It's being able to guard guys who are bigger and stronger," said Freeman, who plans to study sports management and physical education. "I've watched a lot of film and I don't think the Xs and Os are will be a problem. I have to work on my physicality, particularly on my shoulders and on my core."
Farello said Freeman chose UB over UNC-Greensboro, George Mason and East Tennessee State.
Freeman joins Chanse Robinson in UB’s incoming 2020 class. Robinson is a point guard from Louisiana who verbally committed to the Bulls in September.
Per NCAA rules, college coaches cannot comment on recruits until receipt of a signed national letter of intent. The early signing period opens Wednesday and continues through Nov. 20, and the regular signing period is April 15-May 20, 2020.